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June 16, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, June 16, 2005
1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Sue Lee

Vice-President: Dwight S. Alexander

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Shelley Bradford Bell; Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee; Christina Olague

Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at http://www.sfgov.org/planning
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.

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THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1660 MISSION STREET, 5TH FLOOR RECEPTION

Commission Meeting Procedures

Material submitted by the public for Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing should be received by the Planning Department reception counter at 1660 Mission Street, 5th floor, no later than 5:00 PM the Wednesday (eight days) prior to the scheduled public hearing. Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to: Planning Commission, 1660 Mission Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94103-2414. Comments received by 11:00 AM on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Planning Commission at the public hearing. Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution. For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/correspondence files, submit an original plus 10 copies. When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at: linda.avery@sfgov.org

Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance, (3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan, (4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5) the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Commission action on conditional-uses and reclassification may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days. Call (415) 554-5184 for more information. Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information. Zoning Administrator action on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of issuance of the written decision.

The Commission has instituted a policy that, in most cases, they will not call an item for consideration after 10:00 PM. If an item is scheduled but not called or introduced prior to 10:00 PM, the Commission may continue the matter to the next available hearing. Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.

Cell Phone and/or Sound-Producing Electronic Devices Usage at Hearings

Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

For more information related to Planning Commission matters, please call Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6407.

San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 21.00-2.160] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

Accessible Meeting Policy

Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, fourth floor, San Francisco, CA. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets. Accessible curbside parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line. Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N. For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142. Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement systems and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318 at least 48 hours prior to a hearing. A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings. Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice). In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairrments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings. Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro, Interim Administrator, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 409, by phone at (415) 554-7724, by fax at (415) 554-7854 or by E-mail at sotf@sfgov.org.

Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Library and on the City's website at www.sfgov.org/bdsupvrs/sunshine..

COMMUNICATIONS

Note: Each item on the Consent or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Executive Summary

2) Planning Department Case Report

3) Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions

4) Public Correspondence

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1660 Mission St., 5th floor reception.

1:30 PM _________

ROLL CALL: Commission President: Sue Lee

          Commission Vice-President: Dwight S. Alexander

          Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Shelley Bradford Bell;

                Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee; Christina Olague

A. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

      The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date. The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

      1. (L. AVERY: (415) 558-6407)

          PLANNING COMMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS - Consideration of amendment to Article IV, Sections 3 & 6 to address notice and voting; add a new Section 7 to address jurisdiction; and renumber remaining sections of Article IV.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 12, 2005)

          (Proposed for Continuance to July 14, 2005)

      2. 2005.0372D (D. SIROIS 558-6313)

          752 - 27TH STREET - north side, between Diamond & Douglass, Lot 010A, Assessor's Block 6583 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2005.01.06.2691, to construct a one-story vertical addition on the existing single-family dwelling and to construct a four-level horizontal addition to the rear of the building. The subject property is located in an RH-1 (Residential, Single-Family) District and in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

            (Discretionary Review Application Withdrawn)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

      3. Consideration of Adoption of Draft Minutes of May 12 and May 19, 2005

      4. Commission Comments/Questions

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

      5. Director's Announcements

      6. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

D. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT - 15 MINUTES

      At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

      At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

F. CONSENT CALENDAR

      All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.

    7. 2005.0031ERZ (K. AMDUR: (415) 558-6351)

    425 MASON STREET - west side between Post and Geary Streets, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0306 - Request for a Planning Code Amendment, altering Zoning Map 1 to reclassify the subject property from P (Public) to C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) zoning, and for findings pursuant to CEQA. The site is developed with a vacant, eight-story office building, rated Category IV under Article 11, and is located in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The 80-130-F Height and Bulk designation of the property would not change.

    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

    8. 2005.0031ERZ (K. AMDUR: (415) 558-6351)

    425 MASON STREET - west side between Post and Geary Streets, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0306 - Request for findings of consistency with the General Plan for the proposal to reclassify the subject property from P (Public) to C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) zoning. The 80-130-F Height and Bulk designation of the property would not change.

    Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Findings of Consistency

G. REGULAR CALENDAR

      9. 2004.1078D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          2417 BRYANT STREET - east side south of 22nd Street; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 4151 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004.02.27.7308 proposing the addition of two full floors for two additional dwelling units to an existing single-family dwelling in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Approve with Revisions.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 9, 2005)

    10. 2005.0375D (G. NELSON (415) 558-6257)

          1122 GREEN STREET - north side between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets, lot 006 in Assessor's Block 0122 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004.07.28.9990, proposing to 1) enlarge the garage (previously approved but not yet constructed) internally to accommodate three cars, 2) remove and reconfigure (replace) the exterior front stairs, 3) make several minor modifications to portions of the front and side facades, and 4) remodel portions of the interior of the building, primarily the lower floor apartment, of a three-family dwelling in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal would result in the creation of three off-street parking spaces.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Approve with Modifications

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 26, 2005)

      11a. 2005.0175CV (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

          146-148 21ST AVENUE, east side between Lake and California Streets; Lot 028 in Assessor's Block 1380 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Sections 209.1(g), 303 and 178 of the Planning Code to expand an existing dwelling unit located in a rear yard structure within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Because the project would also result in the expansion and relocation of the non-complying rear yard structure, the applicant is also seeking a Variance to the requirements of the Planning Code (Sections 134 and 188 of the Code).

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          11b. 2005.0175CV (G.NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

                146-148 21st AVENUE, east side between Lake and California Streets; Lot 028 in Assessor's Block 1380 - Request for Variances from the rear yard and non-complying structure requirements of the Planning Code, per Sections 134, 188, and 305, to allow the alteration of a rear yard cottage apartment by moving it away from the south property line by 3'-0", expanding the envelope of the structure approximately 4' to the north side, and expanding the dwelling unit within the structure to occupy space on the ground floor currently used as storage and laundry areas, in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      12. 2003.0869E (J. NAVARRETE: (415) 558-5975)

          88 FIFTH STREET - THE OLD U.S. MINT - Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration - The proposed project is the rehabilitation plus seismic upgrade and addition to the United States Old Mint located at 88 Fifth Street in downtown San Francisco (Assessor's Block 3704, Lot 11). The existing three-story plus an occupied attic 99,921-gross-square-foot (gsf) building would be retained, and the first floor courtyard enclosed in 1973 for offices would be removed, (a deduction of 4,336 gsf), and additional circulation bridges, stairs and an elevator (addition of 2,642 gsf) would be added within the existing 4-story courtyard. The existing attic would be expanded on the roof along the south side of the courtyard to create a museum gallery (an addition of 1,554 gsf) with a view of the city skyline to the south. The courtyard removal and additions of bridges and roof gallery would result in an overall reduction of gsf, for a total floor area of 99,788 gsf. The building would include 79,957 square feet if usable space total including: 36,326 sf of City History Museum space, 2,082 sf of Museum office space, 2,045 sf of museum back of house space, 2,044 sf of museum retail, and 3,336 sf of museum theater space. Tenants in the building would be the 8,153 sf Gold Rush and Money Museum, 2,492 sf of small retail lease spaces, and 6,360 gsf of restaurant space and cafe. 3,987 sf would be used for the San Francisco Visitor Center, and the remaining 11,108 sf would be circulation, toilets and support spaces ancillary to the museum use. The project would include closure of Jessie Street to vehicles, between Mint and Fifth Streets, to be used for outdoor restaurant seating. The project site is approximately 47,515 sq. ft., is zoned P (Public) within a 90-X height and bulk district, and within the Mid-Market St. Revitalization and Conservation District. Transaction document approvals would be required from the Board of Supervisors, and a Certificate of Appropriateness would be required by the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Mitigated Negative Declaration

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 26, 2005)

      13a. 2003.1113CMK (K. McGEE: (415) 558-6367)

          "CANDLESTICK COVE," BLOCK 4991, LOTS 241 & 279 - which together comprise the undeveloped, northwestern corner of the City's Executive Park development - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 304 to create a new Planned Unit Development (PUD) with PUD exceptions including rear yard, parking, and freight loading, and to allow construction of up to 450 dwelling units, 14,000 square feet of commercial space, a 1,000 square-foot community center, and up to 600 off-street parking spaces. The site is within a C-2 (Community Business) Zoning District, and 40-X, 100-G, 140-H, 165-I and 200-I Height and Bulk Districts. This project also includes a General Plan Amendment to change a portion of the Executive Park Subarea Plan, a part of the South Bayshore Area Plan that governs development on the site.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      13b 2003.1113CMK (K. McGEE: (415) 558-6367)

          "CANDLESTICK COVE," BLOCK 4991, LOTS 241 & 279 - which together comprise the undeveloped, northwestern corner of the City's Executive Park development - Consideration of an Ordinance to amend the San Francisco General Plan per Planning Code Section 340 to amend the Executive Park Subarea portion of the South Bayshore Area Plan. The site is within a C-2 (Community Business) Zoning District, and 40-X, 100-G, 140-H, 165-I and 200-I Height and Bulk Districts.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

14. 2004.0282L (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          1000 GREAT HIGHWAY (GOLDEN GATE PARK) - The Music Concourse area bounded by Concourse and Tea Garden Drives, including the Coxhead-designed pedestrian tunnel under John F. Kennedy Drive, plus a perimeter of land around the drives. Assessor's Block 1700, Lot 1. Consideration to adopt a resolution with findings related to the approval of landmark designation and to recommend to the Board of Supervisors adoption of an ordinance designating the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park as Landmark No. 249.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt resolution.

      15. 2005.0500T (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6697)

          COST RECOVERY FOR APPEALS TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - Consideration of an Ordinance amending Article 3 of the Planning Code and Section 32 of the Administrative Code in order to increase application fees and add a surcharge to compensate the City for the costs of appeals to the Board of Supervisors.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      16. 2005.0460T (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6697)

          FINANCIAL SERVICES IN THE SLI ZONING DISTRICT - Consideration of an Ordinance adding Section 817.32 to the Planning Code in order to allow a financial service use under certain circumstances within the Service/Light Industrial (SLI) Mixed Use Zoning District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      17. 2005.0345T (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

          NORTH BEACH NCD USE SIZE LIMITATIONS - Consideration of an Ordinance amending San Francisco Planning Code by amending sections 121.2, 178, 186.1, 722.21 and 722.46 concerning use size limitations and their relationship to subsequent new uses in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District; to amend sections 186.2, 604 and 722.42 to address antiquated provisions concerning specified signs and uses in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District; to amend 722.10 to delete provisions superceded by Ordinance No. 20-88; and to make conforming changes to the chart titled "Specific Provisions for the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District" in Section 722; and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      18. 2005.0394T (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

          PLANNING CODE SECTION 311 AMENDMENTS - Consideration of an Ordinance amending San Francisco Planning Code by amending section 311 to clarify that the project notification requirements apply to building permits for demolition and change in the number of dwelling units as well as to building permits for new construction and alteration and to require that the notification package sent to neighboring property owners include specified information; and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      19. 2005.0459T (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

          PLANNING CODE SECTION 311 AMENDMENTS - Consideration of an Ordinance amending San Francisco Planning Code by amending section 260 to increase the height exemption for elevator penthouses from 10 to 16 feet, to allow the Zoning Administrator to grant further exemptions for buildings with height limits of more than 65 feet where such an exemption is required to meet state or federal laws or regulations; and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

      20. 2002.1263E (T. CHAN: (415) 558-5982)

          333 FREMONT STREET - Certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report - The proposed project is an 85-foot-tall, eight-story, residential building of approximately 131,340 gross square feet (gsf) consisting of 88 dwelling units and about 88 underground parking spaces. Two existing two-story buildings on the site, which total approximately 30,417 square feet, would be demolished. The 329-333 Fremont Street building, constructed in approximately 1930, contains a basement level, which is accessible from a driveway on Zeno Place. The smaller, 347-349 Fremont Street Edwin W. Tucker & Co. building constructed in 1913 is a rated historic structure on the California Register of Historic Resources. The project site is located about mid-block on the eastern side of Fremont Street in the block bounded by Folsom, Fremont, Harrison, and Beale Streets. Vehicular access to the parking garage would be from Fremont Street on the northern side of the building. Pedestrian access would be from the south side of the building from a courtyard facing Fremont Street. The site is within the RC-4 (Residential/Commercial High-Density) zoning district, and a 200-R height/bulk district. This site is within the newly adopted Rincon Hill Downtown Residential (DTR) District and is awaiting final adoption by the Board of Supervisors. Should the Board of Supervisor adopt the propose Rincon Hill DTR, the proposed project would be in the new 85/250-R height and bulk district.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report.

          NOTE: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on December 14, 2004. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 2, 2005)

      21. 2002.1263C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

          329-349 FREMONT STREET - east side between Folsom Street and Harrison Street, Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 3747 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to allow the construction of a building over 40-feet in an R District (Planning Code Section 253) and to allow full lot coverage on a sloping lot in the Rincon Hill Special Use District (Planning Code Section 249.1(b)(1)(B). The subject property is within an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combine, High Density) District, a Rincon Hill Residential Special Use Sub-district, and a 200-R Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 2, 2005)

H. PUBLIC COMMENT

      At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

      The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

      (1) responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or

      (2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or

      (3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

Adjournment:

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